Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting around the obstacles

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Getting around the obstacles

It’s like a game of telephone: Who’s got a good number to call to get the coronavirus vaccine in New York? We’ve been covering people’s travails over this for the last couple of weeks. There’s not enough supply, the New York website is buggy, and eligibility rules keep changing. You often cannot sign up on […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: Are chain pharmacies prepared for the onslaught?

When your turn comes, where can you go to get a Covid-19 vaccine? As states and the federal government prepare to vaccinate millions of people this spring, major pharmacy chains and grocery stores like CVS, Walmart, Kroger and Walgreens have emerged as some of the central locations officials say will be distribution points for the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you sign up in New York? I tried, and it wasn’t pretty.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you sign up in New York? I tried, and it wasn’t pretty.

So I’m 66 years old, and therefore I qualify to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine in New York state under new rules issued this week. I had been hearing from friends and sources how complicated and frustrating the signup was, so I dove in. First I did the “am I eligible?” form on the […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A state-by-state roundup, some links, and the exclusions

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: A state-by-state roundup, some links, and the exclusions

The Covid-19 vaccine distribution landscape is pretty complicated. It varies state by state — some states are more regulated than others. New York’s is one of the most regulated; in Florida, by contrast, there’s not much regulation, and signups are by Eventbrite. Here are some helpful links for those who are navigating the tricky shoals. […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How getting ‘leftovers’ from retirement or nursing homes is reducing waste

There has been a lot of conversation about extra doses in the Pfizer vaccine vials — meaning that the official regimen could include up to 5 doses per vial, but the vial actually has 6 or 7 doses, or maybe more. So there’s a “leftovers” issue that is causing havoc some places. (See our other […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Long waits, confusing signup procedures and a lot of friends texting

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: Long waits, confusing signup procedures and a lot of friends texting

The vaccine delivery rollout in New York State, and nationwide, hasn’t exactly been smooth. Long waits in line, people getting turned away, confusing web signup procedures, groups of coworkers texting frantically are all part of the story. And yet there have been others who have swiftly gotten a vaccine they didn’t expect to get. In […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you go about getting it?

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and the vaccine: How do you go about getting it?

Now that the coronavirus vaccine is here, the question on many minds is “when and how will I get it?” At Hands-On Rehab, an occupational therapy practice in Valhalla, N.Y., north of New York City, all the therapists and support staff are scheduled to get vaccinated the week of Jan. 10. They are in Phase […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations: On the front lines, travel nurses say they’re being kept in the dark on vaccines

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccinations: On the front lines, travel nurses say they’re being kept in the dark on vaccines

Traveling nurse companies have stayed busy this year. Across the country, demand has skyrocketed for travel nurses in hospitals as healthcare facilities face decreasing staff and increasing need as the pandemic drags on. But despite the industry’s runaway success, travel nurses who spoke to ClearHealthCosts said that they have been excluded from vaccination lists from […]

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: How medical racism informs mistrust

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) and vaccines: How medical racism informs mistrust

Not all Americans are enthusiastic about the arrival of the vaccine for the novel coronavirus. A study released in December from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that more than one-third of Black adults surveyed said they would “probably or definitely not” get a Covid vaccine, even if it was free and vetted by scientists. How […]